Gardening is one of the best ways to get some fresh air and exercise while also giving yourself a sense of accomplishment. Like any hobby, though, it requires some effort and patience on your part. Here are seven tips for beginner gardeners that will help you get started:
Start with easy-to-grow plants.
- Start with easy-to-grow plants.
- Plants that are easy to grow aren’t picky about soil, water and light conditions.
- They don’t need a specific pH level in the soil.
- They don’t require a certain temperature range in order to thrive; they can tolerate more varied temperatures than other plants.
Plant herbs because they’re hard to kill.
You’re a beginner gardener, and you want to start with something that’s easy to grow. You might think herbs are for fancy cooks, but they can be used for more than just flavoring food. Herbs are a great choice because they are easy to cultivate, even if you don’t have much experience in gardening.
Herbs have been around since ancient times. Many of them have been used in medicine since way back then too! Maybe this sounds boring at first, but think about all the different fresh herbs you can put in your soups and stews! And if there’s an herbal remedy needed by someone in your family or neighborhood? Well now it’s easier than ever before—just grab some basil from outside!
In addition to being tasty additions (literally) to our meals, herbs make excellent medicine when infused into teas or tinctures (alcohol-based extracts).
Make sure you water your plants, especially in the summer heat.
Watering your plants is an essential part of gardening. Without water, your plants will soon die and you’ll have to start over again. However, don’t be fooled into thinking that watering your plants every day is the best way to ensure their survival—it’s actually better for your garden if you only water them once or twice a week and then give them a deep soak (i.e., about 10-20 minutes). The most important thing to remember when watering is this: don’t overwater! If you don’t water enough, your plant may become stressed out and eventually die; if you water too much, it can potentially cause root rot or fungus growth on leaves or stems which will also kill off any living tissue at the base of those affected areas—and we certainly wouldn’t want that happening!
Use manure to fertilize your soil.
Manure is a great fertilizer for your garden. It’s easy to find, and it’s free! You can get manure from many different places, such as:
- Your own backyard or the neighbor’s dog pen.
- A nearby farm (be sure to ask before taking any).
- A local cattle ranch or horse stable (the price may vary).
Check your pH levels with a home testing kit.
The pH level of your soil can have a huge effect on the health of your plants. If you want to grow healthy plants, you need to make sure that your soil’s pH is at the ideal range. The ideal range varies by plant type, but most plants prefer around 6.5-7.0 for optimal growth.
If you don’t know how to test for pH levels in your garden soil, it can be difficult to adjust them as needed. However, there are several ways that you can test for this with a home testing kit:
- Soil tests measure specific elements in the soil and determine what nutrients are present in each sample taken from an area so that adjustments can be made if necessary (this is called “amending”). For example, if there’s too much nitrogen in the soil from fertilizer or manure applications then adding more phosphorus will balance out those levels again over time so they’re not too high (or low).
Have a compost bin.
Compost is a great way to recycle your kitchen scraps, which you can use in the garden as fertilizer. You can make a compost bin out of just about anything—a wooden box or wire mesh cage are common choices, but you could also use something more creative like an old washing machine tub or even an old refrigerator. Whatever shape and size you choose, be sure that it has enough ventilation for aerobic decomposition (no holes are necessary).
The best thing about composting is that it’s really easy! All you need to do is toss any organic material into the bin (this includes vegetable and fruit peels, coffee grounds/filter disposal grounds, eggshells, lawn clippings) and mix it up every once in awhile so that everything breaks down evenly into nutrient-rich soil. Compost will help retain moisture in your soil while adding essential nutrients like nitrogen; this means better growing conditions for plants!
Put on sunscreen and bug spray before going outside.
If you’re going to be outside for an extended period of time, wear a hat, long sleeves and pants. This will protect you from sunburn and bugs!
Gardening is hard work but it can be fun, too!
Gardening can be hard work but it’s also a great way to get exercise, relax, spend time with family and friends, and save money. Growing your own food is healthier than buying it from the grocery store because you know exactly what went into growing it. Plus, having fresh vegetables in season is just plain yummy!
We hope these tips will help you have fun gardening and keep your plants happy. If you need more advice, or just want to talk about your own experiences, we’d love to hear from you!